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Billy’s talents unearthed


St Patrick’s Technical College is ‘rocking out’ to the achievement of one of its students.

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Year 11 student Billy Burns is one third of punk rock outfit Burnout which was named as a finalist in this year’s Triple J Unearthed High competition.

Billy, along with band mates Kyle and Nik, formed Burnout about six years ago and is inspired by ‘all great punk rock bands’. Their single, written by Billy, is called Get Out and is about what to do post-school.

Since writing the song, Billy started as an electrotechnology student at St Patrick’s with the hope off getting a trade behind him while he pursues his dream of being a musician.

The band plays at pubs and festivals around Adelaide.

Billy is lead vocalist and guitarist and has been writing songs since he was 10 years old. He taught himself to play guitar at the age of nine, using a second hand acoustic guitar and YouTube videos.

College principal Danny Deptula congratulated Burnout on being named finalists in the national competition.

“We hope this gives the band national exposure to help them fulfil their musical dreams. The whole college community is right behind them,’’ he said.

Triple J’s music director Nick Findlay said Burnout was “every single punk band rolled into one”. The overall winner of the competition announced on August 13 was 16-year-old singer Kian from Castlemaine Secondary College with his song Waiting.

To listen to Burnout’s Get Out follow this link to the Triple J page.



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